Reduce And Reuse: Annual Recycling Event Aims To Eliminate Trash At The Landfill

Nov. 15 is America Recycles Day, as part of the national Keep America Beautiful initiative.

Events are scheduled each year around the country to encourage residents to recycle cardboard, food boxes, plastic, glass, paper and more. Aside from the mass recycling efforts, America Recycles Day also promotes education as people learn more about what to recycle, how to get involved and the value in those big blue bins the city provides.

People are also encouraged to take the #BERECYCLED pledge to commit to recycle and reduce the amount of waste they produce. Over 70,000 people have taken the pledge, and many more are being added daily.

According to Waste Management, active recycling reduces the amount of trash that is disposed in the landfill, encourages the reuse of materials made from recycled products and continues the recycling circle.

Coppell is active in keeping its city clean. The city offers residents convenient ways to reduce and recycle waste.

“The city encourages residents to recycle, and we try to make it as easy as possible,” said Molly Bujanda, community program coordinator. “All recyclables including yard waste are picked up each Wednesday. There is even an 'at your door service' for odd items such as electronics or hazardous waste like paint. Coppell residents can arrange to have these items picked up right from their doorstep. You will also always see recycling options at special events and often even giveaways of yard waste bags or compost bins at events such as Earthfest.”

Environment friendly groups like Keep Coppell Beautiful host classes and encourage residents to form groups to participate in litter cleanup and beautification projects. Bujanda said recycling is a big help to the city’s parks and landscapes.

“Residents who recycle yard waste in brown yard waste bags or open containers have contributed to the mulch in the community gardens and nature park. Their tree branches and raked leaves benefit our local soil once it is picked up and turned into mulch. Several local parks also utilize a Trex material made from recycled bottles that lasts many years longer than wood, saving time on maintenance in addition to natural resources,” Bujanda said.

In addition to participating in America Recycles Day, residents can engage in intentional habits like changing light bulbs, recycling paper, plastic and electronics or conserving water all year round.

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